October 14 to 16, 2022 / Fr. at 5 pm/ Sat. and Su. at 12 and 3 pm URBAN BODIES PROJECT – MEXICO CITY
Yolanda Gutiérrez has examined three fundamental aspects in various European cities using choreographic works at the concept of decolonization: the personal, the history of the architecture and the historical colonial context of the places. She transforms all of this into the performative body, by examining this time the colonizing body and the colonized body.
Based on the idea that these three concepts are a living archive to generate the content of her work, for this project she forms a team with Mexican dancers to explore the public space in Mexico City.
These narratives have found their way despite the collective imagination that frames the versions of the conquerors and tarnishes the versions of the conquered.
This laboratory opens up a critical and performative space in which the voice and the body can express themselves and questions a colonization that ranges from political to economic to cultural influence until today.
This creative laboratory opens a place for the voice and body to express itself, questioning a colonization that ranges from the political, the economic and, without a doubt, the cultural.
Decolonize your mind! Decolonize your body! Decolonize your city!
Urban Bodies Project- CDMX is an interactive and provocative show that impregnates with energy, it begins with a journey between the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Templo Mayor, through the headphones that we are provided with; its creator; in a process of intimate confession shares a fraction of her personal history, while two men and a woman dancers, take possession for a few moments of: monuments, streets and buildings of the ancient city of palaces; transforming it into the ideal scenography to make us their own revelations. Already from Tacuba Street (the oldest in Latin America), the equestrian statue of Carlos IV, which in some way served to mark the end of the viceregal era, gave us a glimpse of the tragic end of the emperor Moctezuma. The frenzy of the city was not an obstacle to make 50 people dance in the street, due to the complicity of the super good music. When we reached Donceles street, even Doña Esperanza Iris jumped out of her legend to dance with us, as in the golden years of the theatre. In Filomeno Mata street, the statue of the tlatoani Nezahualcóyotl made us think about the lack of statues of heroines of the homeland, (the historical invisibility of women). The main temple was transformed into a sensorial stage to culminate with an interesting reflection on the "mole" of races that we Mexicans are and the "syncretism" that dwells in us despite the cracks. Four artists on stage. Excellent musicians, a playwright, 50 spectators with headphones, an organised team, showed us the many ways in which we can express artistically the decolonisation of open spaces. Silvia Elena Gutiérrez Rojas, writer.
[Concept/Director/Choreography] Yolanda Gutiérrez
[Management] Lucia Lilen Heffner
[Assistance] Elizabeth Palomar
[Dramaturgy] Antonio Salinas
[Narrators voice] Yolanda Gutiérrez
[Costume] Andrea Arrieta
[Dance/Choroegraphy/Voices]Jorge Guillén, Aime Irasema and und Zurisadai González Fuentes.
[Foto/Video] Akaash Mora Sahota
Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg and the Guest Fund DfDK.
With friendly support from Sistema Nacional de Danza and Sistema de Teatros de la Ciudad de México.